Intermediate Word:  jalousie (a) adujustable, slatted window covering  (b) tall, decorated flower vase  (c) lacey, "peek-a-boo" housecoat  (d) seafood stew made with vegetables and prawns
Difficult Word:
  una corda  (a) suppoirted by a single support member  (b) soft-pedaled  (c) bottleneck  (d) well-coordinated

Evidence Mounts For Companion Star To Our Sun - SpaceDaily  The Binary Research Institute (BRI) has found that orbital characteristics of the recently discovered planetoid, "Sedna", demonstrate the possibility that our sun might be part of a binary star system. A binary star system consists of two stars gravitationally bound orbiting a common center of mass. The recent discovery of Sedna, a small planet like object first detected by Cal Tech astronomer Dr. Michael Brown, provides what could be indirect physical evidence of a solar companion. Matching the recent findings by Dr. Brown, showing that Sedna moves in a highly unusual elliptical orbit, Cruttenden has determined that Sedna moves in resonance with previously published orbital data for a hypothetical companion star. "There's no way to put Sedna where it is. It never comes close enough to be affected by the sun, but it never goes far enough away from the sun to be affected by other stars. How did it get there? It can't be there!"      
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? screenshot Thinking fun The video games that aim to give your brain a workout  Nintendo has sold nearly five million copies of its three Nintendo DS brain training games since the series launched in Japan a year ago. The first title in the series, Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?, sees players follow a daily regime of brain-enhancing exercises and is due to be released in the UK in June. Activities include solving simple maths problems, counting people going in and out of a house, drawing pictures on the Nintendo DS touchscreen, and reading classic literature aloud

The Superbus - New Scientist  It looks to me like a very long stretch limo and is about half the height of a normal single-decker bus. It also promises to work unlike a regular bus, travelling at a top speed of 250km per hour in special lane separated from normal traffic. Software will take care of steering.

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